Friday, October 13, 2017

VIBES


Sometimes, a period of transition lasts longer than you anticipate. Sometimes you don't even realize that you're actually in one. Roughly six and a half years ago, my Miami fashion blog began as a fashion diary, chronicling daily outfit choices. Today, The Fashionable ESQ is still my passion project, but, you guessed it, it's in transition.

I enjoy blogging just as much, if not more so than when I first began. I'm not going anywhere, but the blog is adapting, and changing. I began a new job seven months ago. It's less restrictive, in some ways, but more time consuming in many other ways. I've also become less tolerant of the way brands pitch, or maybe the right way to say it is that I've become more selective of the projects and collabs I undertake.

I know that a lot of the original Miami blogging community feels the same way - and if you check out their outlets, you'll see the changes unfolding daily.

I never thought I would say this, but, change is a good thing. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

SEPTEMBER BEAUTY FAVES

Wearing Loft Sweater, Pared x Cabana eyewear
Playa Hair Care: the new botanical based haircare line that has Vogue talking. Take a look at the ingredient list on the back of your current shampoo bottle. Lots of alcohol right? Lot's of nasty, shine-stripping, chemicals, too. Not with Playa. The line was developed out of a desire to create haircare without the harmful stuff. The scent throughout the line is amazing and subtle (think Henri Bendel Fig Spray).

  • Supernatural Deep Conditioner: this feels really rich and creamy right out of the tube.  It coats your hair beautifully and smells subtle. 
  • Endless Summer Spray: gives you ocean beach waves without any stickiness. It's the only product I've tried that truly mimics an oceanside 'do.'
  • TFE Pro Tip: I like to pair the Playa Endless Summer Spray with the OUAI wave spray.

Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer: love this particular line from Korres. The Korres Wild Rose oil is an essential part of my skincare routine. Now, this moisturizer has become another must-have for me. This primes the skin PERFECTLY. It sinks in in seconds. It smells great. It does not make me greasy throughout the day. The only downside is the price, and that it does not contain SPF. I will continue to purchase this product.  Can't say enough good things about it.


ExfoliKate: everyone raves about this. The hype is real, people! I bought the small size, from Sephora, but will definitely be investing in the larger size. I have sensitive skin that is prone to redness but I didn't experience any redness or splotchiness after using this. It did not sting uncontrollably either (some of the reviews on Sephora are crazy), but that wasn't an issue for me.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation: This drugstore foundation continues to be my favorite, long wearing foundation. It's consistently beat out other formulas and other brands. It makes my skin look smooth and can be built up to full coverage (I wear shade 120).  Oh, and it's eight bucks.

Newa: The complete Newa system was sent to me to try out!
What is it? An at-home, FDA approved skin tightening and brightening device that emits radio frequency in the form of a warm facial massage. The end result is firmer skin, lessening of wrinkles, and a more radiant complexion after one use. An added bonus is that using this product has been clinically proven to jump-start your body's own collagen production so that you can rebuild elasticity. I'm planning on filming a first impressions with the Newa this month, so stay tuned for that.

Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence: Amore Pacific treated me to a facial using their products. I was/am new to the line. The products contain ginseng, green tea extract, and bamboo sap. They focus their budget more on science, and less on ads, which is why you may not be as familiar with this high-end skincare brand as others. 

I am in love with the results of this product. It's like a toner, that restores your skins balance. It has no fragrance, whatsoever, is refreshing and helps calm and sooth redness. It also tightens and hydrates. For someone like me that struggles with uneven skin tone, it has really helped.  The Amore Pacific aesthetician recommended bypassing the cotton pad, and dispensing this right onto the palms of your hands. Gently tap the product into your skin until fully absorbed. PS: be on the lookout for an entire dedicated post on this line, to see what's really worth your dollar.


And my best September beauty secret: laughter + good friends. 



FTC Disclosure: Playa, Amore Pacific and Newa provided me with gifted product. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

LENDING A HELPING HAND

September was a difficult month for many people in the world. The images depicting the wave of natural disasters remain ingrained in my mind. Lives were lost, displaced, transformed. I like to think that we have all tried to lend a helping hand to those in need, in one way or another. If you haven't, you should stop and ask yourself, "Why?" Personally, my main issue centered around the actual distribution of funds.  I wanted to make sure that the donations were truly making it to the hands of those in need. Articles like this one, and this one, gave me pause.

I encourage you to do your own research, vet the organization of your choice, and give it a try. The Better Business Bureau hosts give.org, a website that allows you to screen a charity. It gives you a breakdown of statistics so that you can determine what percentage of donations are actually allocated for relief. It's not too current though, because United for Puerto Rico is not listed, even though it is the First Lady's relief initiative and seems reputable.  At a minimum, it is a starting point.

As a lifelong Miami resident, I know what hurricanes mean. I take them seriously. I lived through Hurricane Andrew and have vivid, and distinct memories from that. When Hurricane Irma veered in our direction, it was time to hit the road. Being in a mandatory evacuation zone meant I was not going to take any chances.  However, with this decision came the turmoil of knowing that that almost all of my family stayed put, refusing to evacuate. In the end, for us, everything was OK. For so many, it has not been.

Yes, September was a difficult month. I read fashion and beauty blogs to take a break from the daily grind, to take my mind off of all of life's serious issues. I know you guys come here for that too. Sometimes, the issues are too large to ignore and not discuss. 

Thank you for your continued support.










Saturday, September 2, 2017

AUGUST BEAUTY FAVORITES

Diptyque Fragrance Gestures Line: this luxe, cult-favorite brand (that you know and love for their candles) recently delved into the land of body mousse, oils, soaps, and lotions. The result? Beautifully scented products, with a high end feel. My favorite product:Eau Rose Shower Foam. This stuff is pretty cool, it's dispensed as a gel then quickly turns into a lathering foam. It smells of roses and lychee, and makes your skin so soft.  They also have small perfume rollers that are great for popping in your purse or keeping in your makeup bag. Miami locals can check out the new line at their local BCC location.http://bit.ly/2xFx4DB

Friday, August 18, 2017

CLARINS SUMMER COLLECTION

The new Clarins Summer collection is all about bringing you products that will give you that bronzed, sun-kissed glow. The collection is packed with shimmery, peach and orange hues, to bring out the beach babe in all of us. 


Every year, Clarins debuts limited edition products as part of their seasonal launches. For the the 2017 Summer makeup collection, the focus was on achieving an inner radiance; making your skin shine from within. Clarins is sold at Clarins.com, Bloomingdales, Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta, mostly anywhere, but the limited edition nature of some of these products means that they're collectible and fly off the shelves!

New limited edition Clarins Bronzing and Blush Compact
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